Þorkell Gíslason (ÞGísl)
12th century; volume 1; ed. Emily Lethbridge;
Búadrápa (Búdr) - 12
Þorkell (ÞGísl) is named as the poet of Búadrápa in ÓT (1958-2000, 180), but beyond that nothing is known about him and his name does not appear in Skáldatal.
Emily Lethbridge and Diana Whaley 2012, ‘(Introduction to) Þorkell Gíslason, Búadrápa’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 941.
Skj: Þórkell Gíslason: Búadrápa (AI, 553-5, BI, 536-8)
SkP info: I, 943
1 — ÞGísl Búdr 1I
Cite as: Emily Lethbridge (ed.) 2012, ‘Þorkell Gíslason, Búadrápa 1’ in Diana Whaley (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 1: From Mythical Times to c. 1035. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 1. Turnhout: Brepols, p. 943.
context: King Sveinn tjúguskegg ‘Fork-beard’ of Denmark invites his allies the Jómsvíkingar to a joint memorial feast for their recently-deceased fathers, during which he makes a formal vow to kill or dethrone King Aðalráðr (Æthelred) of England within three years. His guest Sigvaldi jarl Strút-Haraldsson makes a matching vow about Hákon inn ríki ‘the Mighty’ Sigurðarson, jarl of Hlaðir (Lade), and his brother Þorkell inn hávi ‘the Tall’ follows suit, joined, with variations, by other Jómsvíking heroes: Búi digri ‘the Stout’ Vésetason, his brother Sigurðr kápa ‘Cloak’, and Vagn Ákason. Next day, now sober, the Jómsvíkingar take counsel about the expedition and decide to make ready immediately.
texts: ‹ÓT 68›
editions: Skj Þórkell Gíslason: Búadrápa 1 (AI, 553; BI, 536); Skald I, 260; Fms 1, 164, Fms 12, 40, ÓT 1958-2000, I, 180-1 (ch. 86), Ólafur Halldórsson 2000, 23, 76.